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Outing Club Takes Advantage of Fall Break to Explore Northeast


John Pikus '16 scales a cliff above the crashing ocean in Acadia National Park.
John Pikus '16 scales a cliff above the crashing ocean in Acadia National Park.

Hamilton’s Outing Club runs trips during most weekends and even on some weekdays. These trips are very popular, but limited by the short amount of time available. However, fall break provides a special window of time that allows for longer trips to exciting destinations throughout the Northeast. This fall, three trips took advantage of this time to explore beyond the Adirondacks while doing a variety of exciting activities.

Backpacking in the White Mountains
Annie Emanuels ’16 and Anne McGarvey ’17 led a backpacking trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Their group took on the eastern half of the Pemigewasset Loop, a route that runs along the mountain ranges encircling a vast chunk of roadless wilderness at the heart of the White Mountain National Forest.

Beginning at the center of the loop, the group trekked through the center of the wilderness before climbing to the top of the ridge that defines the eastern boundary of the wilderness. Once up on the ridge, they hiked along it, summiting several peaks including Mt. Guyot, Mt. Bond, and Mt. Bondcliff in the process. Despite rain and cold weather, the group persevered and enjoyed themselves greatly.

Rock Climbing in Acadia National Park
Grace Murphy ’15 and Gaby Pilson ’17 led a rock climbing trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. While it rained at the beginning of their stay, the rock dried enough that they could climb and enjoy the views along spectacular seaside cliffs. In addition to climbing, the group explored the historic town of Bar Harbor, Maine, and climbed Cadillac Mountain, the first point in the continental U.S. that the sun strikes every morning as it rises.

Whitewater Kayaking on the Youghiogheny River
Andrew Jillings, director of outdoor leadership, led a whitewater paddling trip to the Youghiogheny River (Yough for short) in Pennsylvania. The group warmed up and practiced their skills on the class I and II water of the Middle Yough before spending a day paddling the class II-III+ waters of the Lower Yough, a challenging stretch of river known throughout the East Coast. With many different skill levels in the group, everyone was able to improve on something. The newer paddlers felt the thrill of paddling their first class III+ rapid while those with more experience learned how to better read the movement river, scout the rapids ahead, and ensure the safety of the group as they moved down the river. Coming back from the trip, all are excited to build on their newly developed skills as fall rains swell the rivers of Central New York.

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